City of Annapolis, Maryland (MD) Parking Guide

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Annapolis Residential Parking Permit Registration Opens May 24th

The City of Annapolis and Annapolis Parking today announced that residents may purchase their new Fiscal Year 2022 Residential Parking Permit (RPP) beginning Monday, May 24th. City residents who live in one of the city’s five zoned districts may purchase their new permit online at www.annapolisparking.com. The new permits will be effective from July 1st, 2021 to June 30th, 2022.

Residents with an existing account must purchase their permit before July 1st, 2021 to ensure their vehicle’s permit is valid for the new registration year. After July 1st, residents may purchase permits on a prorated basis throughout the year. Residents will receive their new RPP stickers via U.S. mail soon after purchase. There are no changes to permit prices and all major credit and debit cards are accepted. Proof of residency is required. For complete details and to purchase a permit for a zoned district, visit here.

Due to COVID-19, Annapolis Parking encourages residents to stay safe and complete their registration online at www.annapolisparking.com rather than in-person. Residents who need assistance completing their registration online may call Annapolis Parking at (443) 648-3087 for assistance.

To protect residents’ personal information, the purchasing portal on www.AnnapolisParking.com utilizes encrypted “SSL” technology to protect customer data during the purchasing process. Residents with questions are encouraged to contact Annapolis Parking at (443) 648-3087 or annapolisparking@spplus.com for additional information.

Navigating the U.S. Naval Academy Commissioning Week (May 23-28)

The City of Annapolis and Annapolis Parking welcome friends and family of the United States Naval Academy’s Class of 2021 Midshipman for Commissioning Week activities, May 23 to 28, 2021. The commissioning ceremony will take place on Friday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis.

For a full listing of events and activities, visit https://www.usna.edu/CommissioningWeek.

In the days before the graduation and commissioning ceremony, City residents and visitors should expect heavy traffic, temporary road and bridge closures, parking limitations, maritime traffic restrictions and increased security in addition to COVID-19 pandemic precautions and restrictions.

Access to the US Naval Academy during commissioning Week, as well as the outdoor graduation ceremony, will be restricted to invited Naval Academy and Class of 2021 guests and authorized personnel only.

HEAVY TRAFFIC: Make a plan to accommodate the increase in cars and pedestrian traffic as much as possible. Allow yourself plenty of extra time and please be courteous to out-of-town drivers who are unfamiliar with city streets. Download the “Prepare Me Annapolis” mobile app to receive local traffic alerts.

On Friday, May 28, traffic around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Blvd. will be heavy until approximately 3 p.m.

TEMPORARY ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES: On Tuesday, May 25, the Route 450 (Naval Academy) bridge will be closed between 10:45 a.m. until approximately 3:45 p.m. for the Blue Angels rehearsal.  The bridge will close again on Wednesday, May 26 at approximately 1:45 p.m. until approximately 4 p.m. for the Blue Angels flight demonstration.

PARKING LIMITATIONS: Expect parking to be limited throughout the week. Visit www.AnnapolisParking.com to reserve garage parking in advance. Please note that there will be enforcement of metered parking, two-hour limited spaces, Residential Permit Zones and red zones. Visitors are strongly encouraged to park at Knighton (Corner of Colonial Avenue and West Street) and Park Place (Just off of West Street and Spa Road) Garages and take the free Circulator downtown.

On Friday, May 28, 2021, there will be no state employee parking at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Lot. The parking lot will be reserved for graduation attendees. City and state employees who normally park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium should relocate to the Calvert Street Garage.

Please be alert to no parking zones/modifications and street closures due to COVID. Observe and adhere to posted temporary parking and traffic restrictions.

MARITIME TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS: Boaters, please pay close attention to markers that delineate exclusionary zones and our temporary channel. Do not anchor in the temporary channel, marked by red and green buoys. Look for public safety boats and follow instructions promptly. Follow all boating safety laws. Harbormaster operates on VHF 17. The area will be patrolled by the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources Police, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Annapolis Harbormaster, Annapolis Police and Annapolis Fire Rescue boats.

SEVERN RIVER MARINE RESTRICTIONS: On Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26, there will be restrictions to boat traffic between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. No anchoring or boating in the following areas on the Severn River and its tributaries: North of the quick flashing light at the south end of the Naval Academy seawall to Greenbury Point and South for a line marked by the Rt 450 Severn River Bridge. All boats including those tied to private docks are prohibited from navigation in this exclusionary zone.

INCREASED SECURITY: All residents and visitors should remain aware of their surroundings. Please identify suspicious personnel, packages or behavior to local authorities. If you see something, say something. Dial 9-1-1 for emergency response. For non emergency inquiries or questions, contact the Annapolis Call Center at 410-260-2211.

COVID PRECAUTIONS: The City of Annapolis remains under a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and asks visitors to adhere to all federal, state and local laws to maintain the public health. With expected crowds, visitors and residents should be prepared to wear masks in the event physical distance can not be maintained.  The Anne Arundel County Department of Health advises residents and visitors get vaccinated.

City Garages Open for Winter Weather January 31st

The City of Annapolis is declaring a Snow Emergency as of 8 a.m. Sunday, January 31st.

At that time, the city urges that vehicles must be moved off of Snow Emergency Routes.

The City is opening Hillman, Knighton, Gott’s Court, and Park Place garages at that time for residents to park for free.

Vehicles may be towed on Snow Emergency Routes at the expense of the vehicle owner.

2021 Legislative Session Parking

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland General Assembly has modified public access to legislative buildings during the 2021 Legislative Session. For more information on these changes, visit the Maryland General Assembly website. With the session beginning January 13, the City of Annapolis and Annapolis Parking offer the following tips for convenient parking downtown.

  • Reserve Garage Parking Ahead of Time: Visitors to Annapolis can reserve garage parking online in Noah Hillman Garage, Knighton Garage, or Gott’s Court Garage. Visit annapolisparking.com, navigate to your preferred garage, and select “Buy Daily Parking.”

  • Free Weeknight Parking: The Calvert Street Garage (the entrance is at 19 St. John’s Street) is free to the public Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Visitors may also park free at on-street meters weeknights after 7:30 p.m.

  • Free Weekend Parking: Calvert Street Garage is also free to the public on weekends beginning Fridays at 6 p.m. until Mondays at 6 a.m.; Whitmore Garage at 25 Clay Street is free Sundays until 4 p.m. and is steps away from West Street.

  • Invest in Monthly Parking: For guaranteed parking, visitors can purchase monthly parking passes for Gott’s Court Garage located at 25 Northwest Street and Knighton Garage located at 1A Colonial Ave. Contact Annapolis Parking at annapolisparking@spplus.com or (443) 648-3087 for rates and details.

  • Contactless On-Street Parking: To slow the spread of COVID-19, enjoy contactless parking at on-street meters with the ParkMobile smartphone app. For details on how to download and use ParkMobile, visit the Annapolis Parking Contactless Payment page. 

  • Ride the free Circulator: The free Circulator includes stops for legislative session visitors, such as the School Street-Church Circle stop near the State House complex, the Calvert Street Garage stop, and the North Street-State Circle stop next to the State House and legislative buildings. Visitors can track the Circulator’s location in real-time by downloading the “RLS Shuttle” app to their smartphone and clicking “Annapolis,” or visiting www.annapolisparking.com/circulator-alternative-transportation/.

  • Skip the Crowds: Visitors can avoid the city’s busiest parking locations by parking at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium lot or Park Place Garage located at One Park Place on West Street. Park Place is serviced daily by the free Circulator. The stadium lot is serviced by the State Shuttle route ($2 fare), with a regular schedule Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The service frequency is every 20 minutes.  During the legislative period, an additional bus is added during peak periods, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Also, during the legislative session, extended shuttle service is provided on Mondays only until 10 p.m.

  • Find All Parking Options Online: Visitors can explore additional options at annapolisparking.com, including maps, on-street and off-street rates, and contact information.

City to Resume Charging for Garage Parking January 11

Annapolis Offers Tips for Convenient Parking, Including
Free Weeknight and Weekend Parking

Beginning January 11, the City of Annapolis will resume charging for parking at Gott’s Court Garage and Noah Hillman Garage. Fees were suspended in both garages when the city began operating Recovery Zone events downtown in late spring of 2020.

With the 2021 Maryland General Assembly legislative session set to begin January 13th, the City of Annapolis and Annapolis Parking offer the following tips for convenient parking downtown.

  • Reserve Garage Parking Ahead of Time: Visitors to Annapolis can reserve garage parking online in Noah Hillman Garage, Knighton Garage, or Gott’s Court Garage. Visit annapolisparking.com, navigate to your preferred garage, and select “Buy Daily Parking.”

  • Free Weeknight Parking: The Calvert Street Garage (the entrance is at 19 St. John’s Street) is free to the public Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Visitors may also park free at on-street meters weeknights after 7:30 p.m.

  • Free Weekend Parking: Calvert Street Garage is also free to the public on weekends beginning Fridays at 6 p.m. until Mondays at 6 a.m.; Whitmore Garage at 25 Clay Street is free Sundays until 4 p.m. and is steps away from West Street.

  • Invest in Monthly Parking: For guaranteed parking, visitors can purchase monthly parking passes for Gott’s Court Garage located at 25 Northwest Street and Knighton Garage located at 1A Colonial Ave. Contact Annapolis Parking at annapolisparking@spplus.com or (443) 648-3087 for rates and details.

  • Contactless On-Street Parking: To slow the spread of COVID-19, enjoy contactless parking at on-street meters with the ParkMobile smartphone app. For details on how to download and use ParkMobile, visit the Annapolis Parking Contactless Payment page.

  • Ride the free Circulator: The free Circulator includes stops for legislative session visitors, such as the School Street-Church Circle stop near the State House complex, the Calvert Street Garage stop, and the North Street-State Circle stop next to the State House and legislative buildings. Visitors can track the Circulator’s location in real-time by downloading the “RLS Shuttle” app to their smartphone and clicking “Annapolis,” or visiting www.annapolisparking.com/circulator-alternative-transportation/.

  • Skip the Crowds: Visitors can avoid the city’s busiest parking locations by parking at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium lot or Park Place Garage located at One Park Place on West Street. Park Place is serviced daily by the free Circulator. The stadium lot is serviced by the State Shuttle route ($2 fare), with a regular schedule Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The service frequency is every 20 minutes.  During the legislative period, an additional bus is added during peak periods, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Also, during the legislative session, extended shuttle service is provided on Mondays only until 10 p.m.

  • Find All Parking Options Online: Visitors can explore additional options at annapolisparking.com, including maps, on-street and off-street rates, and contact information.

Park Free, Shop Local, and Shop Safe this Holiday Season

The City of Annapolis is once again offering free parking this holiday season to support our local businesses and reminding downtown visitors to shop safely during their visit.

From Black Friday, November 27 until January 2, 2021, parking at meters in downtown Annapolis will include three hours of free parking. Use the ParkMobile app to get an additional hour free simply by entering the code PARKDTA.

The city asks visitors, residents, and businesses to slow the spread of coronavirus by adhering to COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask; practice physical distancing, limit the number of people indoors, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

How to Park Free at Meters with ParkDTA

Download the free ParkMobile smartphone app and create your free account before arriving downtown.

  • Enter your vehicle and credit card information (no charge applied to credit card during holidays)
  • When parked, enter the 4-digit parking zone code located on the green sticker on the nearest parking meter or ParkMobile sign. Alternatively, enable location sharing on your smartphone.
  • Enter code ParkDTA in the app. Alternatively, call 877-727-5758 to provide the code via telephone.
  • Enjoy free parking!

Midnight Madness has been modified this year with no street closures and no live entertainment. Retail stores will be open late on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Retailers may offer late hours Fridays-Saturdays throughout this period to allow shoppers to spread out in order to maintain physical distancing. Residents and visitors who are comfortable with in-store shopping are encouraged to shop locally to help our businesses and our local economy get through this difficult period.

Additional Free Parking for:

  • Knighton Parking Garage:Free parking 4 pm to midnight on December 3, 10, and 17.
  • Gotts Court Parking Garage:Free parking Thursday to Sunday 4 pm to Midnight now through the winter.
  • Hillman Parking Garage:Free parking Thursday and Friday 4 pm to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight and Sunday 10 am to midnight now through the winter.

To shop online with local businesses, visit the Downtown Annapolis Partnership’s list of downtown stores, boutiques, and galleries. For up to date COVID-19 protocols, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Enjoy Contactless Parking Payment in Annapolis with ParkMobile

To slow the spread of COVID-19, enjoy contactless parking at downtown Annapolis meters with the ParkMobile smartphone app. 

The free ParkMobile app makes it easy to find and pay for on-street parking with a smartphone without having to touch a meter.

Know Before You Go:

Here are a few tips to using ParkMobile:

    • Download the free ParkMobile app onto your smartphone before you make your trip downtown (ideally from a wifi hotspot). ParkMobile is available in iOS and Android app stores. 
    • Set up your ParkMobile account from your smartphone or desktop. Account details include name, address, make and model of your vehicle(s), tag number(s), and credit card account information (you will not be charged at setup or with free parking promotions).
    • Get the zone code off the meter’s green sticker after you have parked or allow location-enabled services on your phone to auto-input the zone code.
    • Select your desired parking time (maximum is two hours at all meters in downtown Annapolis). A convenience fee of 45 cents is applied to each transaction using ParkMobile. To reduce the convenience fee to 30 cents, customers can sign up for the free ParkMobile Wallet program. 
    • Enjoy Annapolis! There is no need to put a receipt on your dashboard, and you can extend your parking duration straight from your mobile app up to the two hour max. 

ParkMobile was used approximately 12,500 times per month in 2019. It is used in hundreds of cities in the U.S. and Canada, including Washington, D.C., and Maryland cities like Chevy Chase, Baltimore, Bethesda, College Park, National Harbor, Ocean City, Rockville, Silver Spring.

Annapolis to Resume Charging for On-Street Parking After Labor Day

After Labor Day 2020 (September 7), the City of Annapolis will resume charging for parking at City metered parking spaces. Alongside the hourly fees, the City will also resume ticketing for expired meters. The City currently issues tickets for parking longer than the two-hour limit. The parking charges for metered spaces in downtown will resume on September 8, 2020.

The parking fees and fines were suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic began and the State of Emergency was issued in March of 2020. When the City began operating Recovery Zones and local businesses were beginning to ramp up operations, the parking fees and fine suspensions were continued in order to help lure patrons back to the downtown shopping district.

Nearby garages will remain free during Recovery Zone events (Gott’s Court garage from 4PM to Midnight, Wednesday to Sunday; Hillman Garage Thursday & Friday from 4PM to Midnight, Saturday from 12PM to Midnight, Sunday from 10AM to Midnight). Additionally, Calvert Street Garage (aka State Garage) remains free on weekdays from 6 pm to 6 am and on weekends from 6 pm Friday to 6 am Monday. The Whitmore Garage remains free on Sundays from 4 am until 4 pm.

As an incentive for downtown to reorient to the parking garages, a limited number of garage parking validations were distributed to downtown businesses this week.

Residents or visitors with questions may contact Annapolis Parking at annapolisparking@spplus.com or (443) 648-3087.

Two Garages Will Be Free During Annapolis Recovery Zone Festivities

**UPDATE 2/1/2021 – These programs are no longer in effect.**

In June, the City of Annapolis launched a trial of Recovery Districts and Zones so that restaurants and retail establishments could utilize closed streets and cordoned-off parking spaces for diners and shoppers to practice physical distancing while enjoying activities out-of-doors in the city.

Starting Friday, June 12, the Recovery Zones will be held on a scheduled basis and will include free parking at Gott’s Court Garage and Noah Hillman Garage during select times.

Free Garage Parking:

Gott’s Court Garage will be free Wednesday to Sunday from 4 pm to Midnight when the Inner West Street Recovery Zone is open. Visitors must exit by Midnight for parking to be free. Simply take a ticket at the entrance gate. The exit gate will be open.

Hillman Garage will be free when the Upper Main Street Recovery Zone is open:
Thursday & Friday from 4 pm to Midnight
Saturday from 12 pm to Midnight
Sunday from 10 am to Midnight.

Visitors must exit by Midnight for parking to be free. Simply take a ticket at the entrance gate. The exit gate will be open. Below is a schedule of Recovery Zone openings in downtown Annapolis.

For more details about the City’s Recovery Zone Initiative visit www.annapolis.gov.